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Young people in North Korea are being forced to maintain traditional habits and to follow the accent of their nation.

As Pyongyang attempts to eliminate cultural influences from South Korea, the secluded state’s official publication made the demand in an editorial.

Kim Jong Un’s government is especially interested in millennials’ daily speaking habits, with some imitating their neighbours by addressing their spouses as “oppa,” which means “older brother.”

North Korea’s official language is superior, according to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, and young people must speak it properly while also ensuring that their clothing, hairdo, music tastes, and dance styles are acceptable.

The Yonhap news agency commented stating:

The ideological and cultural penetrated under the colourful signboard of the bourgeoisie is even more dangerous than the enemies who are taking guns.

Over the past year, new regulations that impose severe fines for parents have been put in place that allow them to be punished if their children are found enjoying South Korean entertainment or imitating their speech.

Individuals found with South Korean media risk up to 15 years in jail – and penalties are also imposed for using unlicensed TVs, radios, computers, and mobile phones from other nations.

A life sentence may also be given for importing prohibited material from South Korea, while individuals smuggling significant quantities of content produced in the United States or Japan may face the death penalty.

Tae Yong-ho, the first North Korean defector to become a South Korean politician, told Reuters in January:

In the daytime, the population is shouting ‘Long live Kim Jong Un’ – but at night they all watch South Korean dramas and movies.

According to reports last month, Mr Kim had compared K-pop to a “vicious cancer” that might cause North Korea to “crumble like a damp wall” if allowed to spread.

Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

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